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Posted on: February 24, 2020

HCW Public Drop Events for March - Get your appointment today!

SWALCO’s HCW collection program diverts HCW from the municipal waste stream by sending it to IEPA approved recycling and reuse facilities thereby reducing the volume and toxicity of our municipal waste stream. Our HCW program is a hybrid program...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

More Clothing Recycling Bins are coming...

We are in the process of adding even MORE clothing and textiles bins in Lake County! Beach Park, Tower Lakes and First Baptist Church are next in line bring our total collection bins count well over 30!

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Exploring Your Neighborhood Program - A tutorial...

With the help of LCTV, we’ve created a brief tutorial for your use!

You can also visit

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Posted on: January 2, 2020

The 2019 Solid Waste Management Plan - Adopted

Lake County adopted its first Solid Waste Management Plan (the “Plan”) in 1989 and has since adopted the required five-year updates in 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 and now 2019 as represented by this document.

The Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act all...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

HB2296 begins January 1, 2020 - Rechargeable Batteries

Why? Safety of course! Lithium ion batteries may spark fires if improperly handled. Recycling facilities and truck fires have been reported due to batteries becoming damaged by the sorting or heavy equipment crushing the batteries.

The good news is our Hou...

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

Preparing your Household Chemical Waste for Drop Off - TidBit

Please visit our "How to Prepare your HCW for Delivery" page - This will provide you with the information you need!

Thank you for your consideration.

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Our Gurnee Facility DOES NOT collect ELECTRONICS

There are (4) sites available in Lake County for residential electronics recycling. Please visit our Electronics page for more information.

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

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Posted on: August 17, 2017


The IEPA states "At every collection, in every part of the state, paint is the most common material delivered by Illinois citizens. Today's latex (water-based) paint has a very low level of toxicity. Disposing of it at a household hazardous waste col...

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Posted on: August 14, 2017

Our Administrative Staff hours vs. HCW Drop-Off Events

All household chemical waste drop-off events at our Gurnee facility are by APPOINTMENT ONLY

We truly understand how frustrating it can be to “do the right thing” – it take extra time and effort (and even gas money) but the fact is our HCW progra...

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